- In December 2002, the World report on violence and health was launched by Dr Pascoal Mocumbi, Prime Minister of Mozambique.
- Beginning in February 2002, the Mozambique government, in collaboration with WHO’s Mozambique country office, WHO’s African regional office and WHO headquarters in Geneva, has been developing its public health capacity for the prevention of violence and injuries. Since then, strong political support for the project has been secured. A senior health official has been appointed as national focal point for injury and violence prevention at the Ministry of Health, and has attended an international training course in violence and injury prevention. The Minister of Health attended the 12 January 2004 of the WHO Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention meeting in Geneva, where he made a plenary presentation in which he described the Mozambique government's commitment to and achievements towards the prevention of violence. A multi-sectoral violence prevention group consisting of representatives from different ministries has been formed, a nation-wide demographic and health survey including violence and injuries among its questions has been completed, a mortuary- and hospital-based violence and injury surveillance system has been established in Maputo, and projects to map existing violence prevention programmes and medico-legal services for sexual violence victims are underway. The results from these activities will serve as inputs for the development of a national report on violence and health and national plan of action for violence prevention to be developed during 2005.
- Since the launch, the Mozambique Ministries of Health and of Women and Social Action have been actively engaging in activities to implement the Report's recommendations, including establishment of a hospital-based Emergency Department Injury Surveillance System, the inclusion of questions on violence and injury in a nation-wide demographic and health survey, and the development of violence prevention advocacy materials tailored to local needs and audiences.
- In February 2004 the Minister of Health appointed an official violence prevention focal point.
- A national report on violence and health and a national plan of action for violence prevention are being prepared during 2004-2005.